Forgotten Gem: Jackie Brown (*****) – Robert Forster lives on

The ending sends chills through me every time. Especially today, knowing that the end of El Camino is the last time I will ever see the deep story told within the eyes of Robert Forster.

Forgotten Gem: Heat Director’s Definitive Edition (****) Slick

If you watch one Michael Mann film, make it The Insider. If you want to see a second, try Heat.

Joy (****) – Norma Rae can stuff it

Joy - 2015 Written and Directed by David O. Russell Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Bradley Cooper, Elisabeth Röhm, Dascha Polanco If there is a special ability portrayed by the actors and director of Joy, it's that none of this feels that much like a movie. This half-fiction portrayal of the life of the creator … Continue reading Joy (****) – Norma Rae can stuff it

A Most Violent Year (****1/2) is a good story excellently told

A Most Violent Year - 2014 Written and Directed by J.C. Chandor Starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks  A Most Violent Year is a fascinatingly simple story that underlines the strength of a man and all the things that contribute and detract from it. Oscar Isaac is Abel Morales, the owner of the small but thriving … Continue reading A Most Violent Year (****1/2) is a good story excellently told

Grudge Match is as tired as it seems

Grudge Match - 2013 Director Peter Segal Starring Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, Jon Bernthal Screenplay Tim Kelleher, Rodney Rothman It's been so long since Stallone has been in a film that seemed unguarded of actor's egos, one has difficulty picturing him going through the editing process with each of the actors, saying, "Do you think … Continue reading Grudge Match is as tired as it seems

The Family: Not everything’s alright

The Family - 2013 Director Luc Besson Starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, Tommy Lee Jones, John D'Leo Writers Besson and Michael Caleo Fading are the days in which Robert DeNiro commanded the screen.  The script of The Family goes so far as to describe his use of the "F"-word at the expense of actually seeing him use it. … Continue reading The Family: Not everything’s alright